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Old 30-04-2011, 08:41   #1
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Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

I am rebuilding a CSY 44 that was sunk on the hard twice and abandoned twice. Been at it for almost 2 years now and am coming in on the home stretch. It has been a longer than expected and more expensive than expected process.
It's not that I'm inexperienced. I've been on and off sailboats since a very early age. For the last 40 years I almost always sail single-handed.
Now I'm retired but still working part-time in order to help pay for the rebuilding.
Looking forward to spending the winter down in the caribbean somewhere.
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Old 30-04-2011, 08:51   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Roy S.
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Old 30-04-2011, 10:27   #3
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Welcome aboard. Good luck.
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Old 30-04-2011, 10:47   #4
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Glad you are here. Try posting some pictures if you get the time.
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Old 30-04-2011, 12:43   #5
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Re: Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

I can be rather bull headed so quitting has never been much of an option. I just lower my head and keep plowing forward.
I'll try to get some pictures posted on the week of May8th.
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Old 30-04-2011, 12:54   #6
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Re: Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

Welcome and good luck with your project. I take my hat off to all the folks who are prepared to take on that sort of challenge and I sincerely hope she turns out as well as you are hoping. James
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Old 30-04-2011, 15:20   #7
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Did anyone from CF say it would only take a month?

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Old 30-04-2011, 18:46   #8
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Re: Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

G'Day Roy,

Good onya, mate! Godspeed with all the projects.

But, I gotta know: how was she sunk on the hard even once, let alone twice?

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Old 30-04-2011, 19:49   #9
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Re: Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

My boat, "Vamos" was sunk while on the hard.

Sitting in stands in a private yard near Fort Worth, TX. Major hailstorm and heavy rains came through, the cockpit drains plugged up and the cockpit flooded pouring water down into the cabin. Caused the hull to buckle in one spot and sieged up the A-4.
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Old 30-04-2011, 22:46   #10
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Sounds like a heck of a job man. It's easy to get discouraged when you have that much going on. Have faith in the plan.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:29   #11
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Saphira [ZigZag at the time] was pulled in about 2003. The owner at the time didn't button up before he left. The boat leaked rain water due to lack of maintenance. I don't know if there was a functioning bilge pump. After a couple of years of nonpayment of storage fees the boatyard took possession and pumped out the rain water. She was sold to someone who planned to rebuild her. He hired a couple of different people to begin the process but never supervised their work so very little work was actually done. He [and I've talked to him] had some financial reversals and abandoned her. The last worker left the portlights and the companionway hatch open. Birds and wasps nested in her. She filled up with rain water again. The boat yard took possession again, removed a cockpit drain so she'd empty the rain water, cut a piece of plywood to fit the companionway hatch and left her. She was offered to the yard employees but over 2 years no one was willing to take on that large a project.
I was cruising the ICW northward and looking at boats in whatever boatyard I came across. I wanted a CSY44 after having seen one at the marina that I usually used. I found her and after much [!] soul searching and negotiation bought her in early 2009. The rest has been a tough slog to windward but we're going to reach port sometime this year.
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Re: Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

If any boat can come back from the dead twice, its a CSY44. Almost expect them to find one up on Mt. Ararat.
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Old 01-05-2011, 13:38   #13
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Re: Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

What a great boat! Tanks they are a friend use to have one of bottom long liners he owned several commerical fishing boats from 70 footers to the CSY 44 he told me it was the best boat he had ever owned.The old reef crushers.
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Re: Almost Bit Off More than I Could Chew

Aloha and welcome aboard!
Its good to have another old die hard boat rebuilder in the group. My boat has kept me from spending time and money elsewhere.
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